Gross morphometric reduction of rats' cerebellum by gamma irradiation was mitigated by pretreatment with Vernonia amygdalina leaf extract

Vol. 52 No. 1 Suppl., 2011
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O. Owoeye, E. O. Farombi, S. K. Onwuka

The methanolic extract of Vernonia amygdalina (M) or "bitter leaf" is known for its antioxidant activity, and antioxidants are noted to mitigate radiation damage in tissues. The aim of the present study was to observe the radioprotective effect of M on the cerebellum of gamma irradiated rats using alpha-tocopherol (TOCO) as a reference antioxidant. Forty-two male Wistar rats (n=42) weighing 200-240 g were taken for the study. The study comprised of seven groups, with each group comprising of six (n=6) rats i.e. control, M at 250, and 500 mg/kg/day, radiation only, radiation plus M at 250, and 500 mg/kg/day, and TOCO. After 14 days of treatment administered via oral gavage, rats were irradiated with a single dose of 2.0 Gy of gamma rays on the 15-th day and euthanized the next day. Rats cerebella were removed, fixed in 10% formalin saline, weighed and vernier caliper used to obtain cerebellar dimensions as follows: (i) maximum width, (ii) rostrocaudal dimension, and (iii) dorsoventral extent. Data were analyzed using ANOVA with post-test. Gamma radiation caused a statistically significant reduction of the relative weight of the rats' whole brain, relative weight of the cerebellum, the maximum width, rostrocaudal dimension, and dorsoventral extent of the cerebellum. However, pretreatment with M and TOCO significantly mitigated these effects. This study demonstrated that administration of M and TOCO before 2.0 Gy gamma irradiation reduced significantly the radiation induced gross morphometry changes in rats' cerebellum, suggesting that M may qualify for consideration as a medicinal radioprotector.

Corresponding author: Olatunde Owoeye, Lecturer, MB, BS, MSc, PhD, e-mail:,

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Mariana Deacu, Mariana Aschie, Madalina Bosoteanu, L. Petcu

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the malignant epithelial cell proliferation that affect only ducts, including lobular, without basement membrane interruption. Benign or malignant cell phenotype is defined by nuclear appearance. Morphometric analysis could provide quantitative information about nuclear profile in several lesions. In this study, we assess nuclear morphometric features of mammary epithelial cells in DCIS compared to normal resting mammary gland tissue. For morphological evaluation, we included two groups of mammary gland tissue. The first group comprised breast tissue from 20 women surgically treated and histopathologically confirmed with DCIS. The second control group was represented by normal resting mammary tissue obtained from another 20 women surgically treated for fibroadenoma. Evaluated morphometric parameters were: nuclear area (NA), nuclear perimeter (P), maximum diameter (Dmax), minimum diameter (Dmin), elongation factor (E). Morphometric assessment of DCIS nuclei showed significant higher values than normal resting breast tissue. Morphometric analysis gave information about tumor aggressiveness, invasion tendency and disease prognostic.

Corresponding author: Mariana Deacu, Lecturer, MD, PhD, e-mail:

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